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4-H Youth Development

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina, educating hundreds of thousands of young people each year. Extension’s 4-H program is growing the next generation of leaders and equipping youth with the skills to succeed.

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Alexander County Farmers Market

The Alexander County Farmers Market is starting back on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 8 a.m.–noon! We will be located …

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Alexander 4-H Newsletter

Sign up to receive a monthly newsletter by email of current programs and events being offered by N.C. Cooperative …

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Small Farms Week

We are kick-starting our Small Farms Week Celebration with a canned food drive and submission of a farmer or …

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4-H Online 2.0

January 25, 2021 Welcome back to the new 4-H year! The first step to becoming an active 4-H member, volunteer, …

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4-H Virtual Rocket Camp

Join the fun of building your own rocket at home and watching it launch virtually. Camp fee is free!!! …

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Alexander County Offices to Reopen

Alexander County Government announces the reopening of two buildings to allow citizens to conduct county business in person. The …

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June Is National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month, a time to honor the hard-working dairy farm families across the country. The June …

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Visit NC Farm App

The Visit NC Farm App has launched in Alexander County. Participating assets are: Alexander County Farmer’s Market, Campbell’s Blueberry …

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4-H Daily Sparks

Each day on the NC 4-H Facebook Page an educational program is given by an agent from across the …

Recent Publications related to 4-H Youth Development

Harvesting beans from a vine-covered teepee.

Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

Home Composting with Earthworms

Earthworms can turn food scraps into a soil amendment called vermicompost — worm castings — …

6/30/21
Backyard composting bin

What CAN Be Composted?

List of items that can and cannot be composted at home.

6/17/21
Searching for ripe tomatoes.

Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Stirring kale and dressing for a winter salad.

Snacking and Cooking With Cool-Season Produce From Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

Raised beds with a mix of warm-season fruits and vegetables.

Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

Photo: Little fingers loosening roots before planting.

Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …